HAMMOND — A Lake Station man pleaded guilty Monday to murder in connection with a botched 2013 home invasion and robbery on the city’s West Side.
Mark “Knuckles” Cherry, 24, faces no more than 30 years in prison if a U.S. District Court judge accepts his plea agreement.
Cherry is the last of three defendants to plead guilty in the case, which was moved from state court to federal court earlier this year.
James “Dough Boy” Landrum, 41, of New Chicago, pleaded guilty Oct. 4 to a murder charge. Bruce “Casper” Hendry, 30, of Hobart, pleaded guilty Sept. 23 to murder and conspiracy to distribute marijuana.
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A federal judge earlier this month dismissed an indictment against Brandon Pacific, 24, of Hammond, without prejudice, which means charges could be re-filed later.
Rolando Correa Jr., 24, was fatally shot Dec. 1, 2013, when several men entered a home in the 6200 block of West 29th Avenue with guns and demanded marijuana, according to court records.
Cherry was wounded during the home invasion and arrested later that day. He became the focus of a manhunt months later, after it was discovered he walked out of an Illinois hospital.
Shortly after the home invasion, Andre J. Woods, 28, of Gary, was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head in a vehicle in the 2100 block of Georgia Street. Gary police previously said they believed Woods also was involved in the home invasion.